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The World's Best Festivals

A window into the living human museum of festival life. Learn more about the most diverse gatherings and iconic spectacles of our time at

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The World's Best Festivals

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Kanamara Matsuri Festival

Kanamara Matsuri

Songkran Festival


Snowbombing Festival


BaliSpirit Festival

BaliSpirit Festival

The "Frozen Dead Guy Days" Festival

Frozen Dead Guy Days

Battle of the Oranges

Battle of the Oranges

Chinese New Year: Keng Hei Fat Choy

Chinese New Year

Viareggio Carnevale: Er Capoccione

Viareggio Carnevale

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Dinagyang Festival

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Budapest Christmas Fair

Budapest Christmas Fair

Ati-Atihan Festival

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Envision Festival

Envision Festival

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes

Mevlana Whirling Dervishes


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Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami

Lopburi Monkey Festival

Lopburi Monkey Banquet

Glastonbury Festival

47 Photos of Freaks, Fun and Flames at Glastonbury 2014

World Bodypainting Festival

Comic-Con International

The Best Costumes at Comic-Con 2014

Krampusnacht Festival

Krampusnacht Festival
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    Norma Fellows



Junkanoo Parade

The 15 Best Looks From Tiki Oasis

Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Día de los Muertos San Francisco 2014

Souls of Día de los Muertos: Full Gallery

AfrikaBurn: While just 10-15% as large as its mother event, Burning Man, AfrikaBurn is a festival-on-the-rise that's attracting more and more visitors from more than 50 countries around the world.

Scottish Highland Games: Centuries old competitions measure a man's and a woman's strength and character at the Scottish Highland Games. No Highland Games are complete without pipe bands and solo pipes competitions.

Scottish Highland Games

Paris Techno Parade: The underground techno scene comes up for air on the streets of Paris. Participants are quick to point out the unifying spirit of the music, which despite its futuristic electro-sound, draws inspiration from tribal rhythms. “The beats are so loud they hit you in the stomach; the only thing you can do is obey them, and dance.”

Paris Techno Parade

Monterey Jazz Festival: Assembles a can't-lose music festival weekend from the galaxy of jazz greats. The longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, the Monterey Jazz Festival has presented nearly every major artist in the world.

Monterey Jazz Festival @ Monterey Fairgrounds

Wodaabe Festival: Roles are reversed for the Wodaabe men, who don make-up and elaborate costumes in the beauty pageant known as Gerewol.

Wodaabe Gerewol & Cure Salee Festival

Navratri Festival: The feminine divine form is celebrated with candle lit processions, cooking, dancing, singing, water & sky lanterns, and even burning effigies of evil. Based on dates in the lunar calendar, Navratri is a nine-night, ten-day festival that takes place in the fall celebrating the Hindu goddess Durga.

Vibrant Navratri

Sziget 2014: In the Hungarian language, Sziget means island, but in Budapest, Sziget means a festival best described as “an electronically amplified, warped amusement park.”

Pop-Rock Nagyszínpad // Main Stage

Outlook 2014: Taking the Bay of Petrcane by bass-heavy storm, this trippy music festival draws friendly ties between Jamaican reggae dancehall and underground dance-floor beats.

Outlook Festival

Bestival 2014: Revelers catch ferries to England’s largest island in the English Channel to officially close out the UK summer festival season.

Bestival - Downend, Isle of Wight

Pukkelpop: This Belgian music festival has an odd-sounding name and an even stranger translation. Perhaps this explains why hoards come to party every year.

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Bastille Day: On the 14th, France commemorates the anniversary of the Fête de la Fédération with Bastille Day, a feast in honor French independence.

Fest300 - Bastille Day - Photos, Videos, and Festival Information

Roskilde Festival: One of the original large-scale music fests in Europe, Roskilde has been rocking since 1971. Attendees arrive early to camp, swim, and run naked.

Roskilde Festival

Fusion Festival: Fusion is a come-one, come-all fest-for-all with an open mind that thrives on the spirit of inclusion.

Fusion - Фузион Festival

Summerfest: It’s 11 days, an $18 entry price, 800 acts and 1,000 performances, and every possible permutation of music, food, and festival entertainment you can imagine.

Summerfest - Historic Third Ward - Milwaukee, WI

Inti Raymi: A nine-day winter solstice celebration worshiping an Incan god and involves colorful costumes, lavish banquets, festive music, and historical recreations.

Festa de São João: They say love hits you when you least expect it, and in the city of Porto, Portugal, it might come in the form of a hammer to the head during the Festa de São João.

Food Wine Classic in Aspen: Get the best of an all-star lineup of the hottest culinary talent and trends with Food Wine magazine's annual Aspen festival.

Food & Wine Classic In Aspen

Infiorata di Genzano: A dazzling carpet of vibrant-colored flowers transformed in portraits, religious images and abstract designs stretches along the main street in Genzano, one of Rome's hill towns.

Genzano di Roma

Queenstown Winter Festival: Those Kiwis know how to throw a party to welcome winter in Queenstown.

Queenstown - Otago

Electric Daisy Carnival: With enough lights to outshine the Vegas Strip and enough amplified bass to register on the Richter scale, the Electric Daisy Carnival is a dance festival heavyweight.

EDC Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV

What The Festival: Join the progressive, immersive rave at What The Festival, complete with electronic music, a splash pool and camping near Mt. Hood National Forest.

What The Festival

Firefly Music Festival: Lose yourself for four days of magic and music in the woods of Delaware.

2014 Firefly Music Festival

Calcio Storico Fiorentino: The square in front of 15th century Basilica of Santa Croce in the heart of Florence is transformed into a sand-covered playing field for Calcio Storico.

Firenze - Firenze, Toscana

Gnaoua World Music Festival: Prepare to lose yourself to the trance-like rhythm of the Gnaoua. See why half a million people visit this melting pot of world music.

Gnaoua World Music Festival

Sonar Festival: Its name means “sound” and this three-day Sonar Festival fully immerses attendees in music in almost every way imaginable.

Sónar by Day - Barcelona, Cataluña

Wakarusa: If music is your religion, make a mountain top pilgrimage to the Wakarusa Festival.

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Pinkpop: The Netherlands throws a smokin' Pentecost (Pinkpop Festival) party, with 40 hard-rocking bands, 45,000 tent-filled campsites and a super-chilled ambience.

Pinkpop - Landgraaf, Limburg

The Governors Ball Music Festival: The Governors Ball Music Festival has a stellar reputation for presenting some of the world’s biggest acts in an inviting, celebratory atmosphere.

The Governors Ball Music Festival

Rock Am Ring: Rock out or mosh out at Germany’s premier rock festival, which has hosted dozens of bands for over two and a half decades.

Mawazine: A wildly popular celebration of global music (with a side of political controversy), Mawazine has become the most buzz-worthy concert series in the region.

Primavera Sound: Spain’s having a big urban party, and all the world’s music geeks, along with nearly every genre of music you can think of, are invited.

Primavera Sound

Sasquatch! Music Festival: Partying sell-out crowds pack the Northwest's most spectacular outdoor venue for multi-day Memorial Day music extravaganza.

Sasquatch! Music Festival Mainstage

Hangout Music Festival: It's a laid-back and beachy spring music festival on the Gulf of Mexico.

Hangout Music Festival

Cannes International Film Festival: The setting itself along the French Riviera is as famed and glamorous as the everchanging roster of celebrities who attend this world-class film festival.

Festival de Cannes

Waisak (Buddha's Birthday): All of the colors, emotions, humanity and spirituality of Buddhist Asia seem to swirl into an incense-scented whole on this holiest of holidays.

Borobudur Temple

Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival: One of India's most spectacular festivals involves 30+ colorfully costumed elephants parading through town on their way to the Vadakkunnathan temple.

Thrissur Pooram Exhibition Centre

Beltane Fire Festival: Light a fire to celebrate the coming of summer among folks who take ancient Celtic festivals seriously—even if it means dancing naked.

Beltane Fire Festival

King's Day: The Dutch break out of the winter blahs, donning lots of orange, and celebrating in the streets to mark the reigning monarch’s birthday and to welcome warmer weather.

King's Day (Koningsdag)

Oppikoppi: Nude Olympics, red dusty camping, thorny African scrub, oh, and lots of South African bands jamming in the veld.

Oppikoppi Festival

Ultra Music Festival: Hundreds of thousands descend on Miami in late March for the Winter Music Conference—and it's much coveted closing party, the Ultra Music Festival.

Ultra Music Festival

Hay Festival: Celebrate a love of reading, writing, ideas and storytelling. Bill Clinton, who was a Hay speaker back in 2001, dubbed this eco-friendly magnet for liberals and progressives “the Woodstock of the mind.”

Hay Festival - Hay-On-Wye, UK | Fest300

Donauinselfest: The largest open-air music festival in all of Europe featuring thousands of acts on a man-made island for three days of eclectic performances.

Donauinselfest - Vienna, Austria | Fest300

Copper's Hill Cheese-Rolling: A spirited gathering of people who chase a wheel of cheese down a 295-foot hill in the English countryside. How can that not be entertaining?

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling

Paleo Festival: Most festivals relegate themselves to weekends, but Swtizerland's Paleo extends the music into a (practically) week long extravaganza of music, partying and the arts.

Paleo - Nyon, Switzerland | Fest300

Bali Spirit Festival: Bali Spirit is one of those festivals that will inspire and energize you for months to come and you're likely to make a handful of new best friends at this festival built on camaraderie.

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Equinox at Chichen Itza: Witness the arrival of the Mayan god, Kukulcan, as the feathered snake appears to crawl down a pyramid at Chichen Itza.

Equinox at Chichen Itza

Reggae Sumfest: Attend the reigning king of reggae festivals.

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Electric Picnic: Picture the Irish countryside blooming under a blessed summer sun, plus a kickass musical lineup tucked into a manageable size, and you've got Electric Picnic.

Electric Picnic

SXSW: SXSW has evolved from a small indie film fest into the preeminent conference-slash-festival, highlighting the latest in the film, music, and tech industries.

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Melt! Germany really knows how to throw a dance party. Held amidst giant machines, Melt! showcases some of the best tech DJs from across Europe.

Melt! - Grafenhainichen, Germany | Fest300

Air Guitar World Championships: The Air Guitar Championships gives everyone the chance to rock a crowd without having to master an instrument—no guitar required!

Air Guitar World Championships

Splendour In The Grass: Hip, groovy festival with tons of music, deejays, crafts, food, yoga, teepees, massages, workshops and, of course, circus performers.

Splendour in the Grass

Hajj: Muslims’ quest to Mecca is the most important moment of their spiritual lives, and an unparalleled sight.

Hajj - Mecca, Saudi Arabia | Fest300

Mendoza Grape Harvest Festival: Imagine fireworks, wine queens, dancing, and lots and lots of wine, set against the foothills of the Andes, and you've got Grape Harvest Festival.

Grape Harvest Festival
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    Kim DaSilva

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AfrikaBurn: While just 10-15% as large as its mother event, Burning Man, AfrikaBurn is a festival-on-the-rise that's attracting more and more visitors from more than 50 countries around the world.

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Mardi Gras: Over-consumption, ribaldness, and revelry are key features, and few places do it like New Orleans.

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Battle of the Oranges: How does the ancient town of Ivrea, Italy celebrate its freedom during carnival? By pummelling each other with 500,000 kilograms of oranges, of course.

Battle of the Oranges

Rio Carnival: Mix pagan ritual, tribal beats, indigenous dress, a pre-Lenten celebration, and several million people in the sexiest city on Earth to make the hottest party of the year.

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Maha Shivaratri: This transcendent Hindu festival with a carnival-like atmosphere in the lowlands of the Himalayas is one of the more culturally fascinating events in the world.

Pashupatinath Temple

Chicago Bluesfest: Enjoy the varied sounds of a wealth of blues musicians at the Chicago Blues Festival. It’s not the Blues Brothers—it’s better.

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    Veronica G

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